How many of you like… I mean, really LIKE traveling on business?
That’s what I thought! It’s like asking how many of you like to sleep alone… Or, eat alone… Or, sit in a room filled with strangers… alone.
I know I don’t like it: like, as in relish or look forward to.
The airlines have taken the joy and excitement – Well, maybe not the excitement! – out of flying anywhere. After all, half the time you won’t know whether or not you’re actually going to get where you are going until you arrive at the airport and find out whether or not your flight has been cancelled or how long it’s been delayed. Even when everything goes smoothly you can be reasonably certain you’ll be press-fit between two individuals, who like everything else in our society, have been super-sized. Or, you are wedged up against the window. Or, you wind up sitting on the aisle getting your foot, knee, shoulder or elbow bruised and bloodied every time the food cart moves up or down because the aisles are too narrow because the seats are too damned close together. GRRRRRRRRRR!
Add to that the screaming infants, 4th grade field trip classes or being forced to sit next to the ‘goat herder’ and his family, and you have an experience everyone could live very nicely without!
How many of you have ever wondered about the safety announcements. I mean, really: how many people are there in the world who have never fastened a seat belt before… But, after the last few trips, I’m willing to bet there are lots of people who have never flown before. In fact, I’ll bet there are lots of people flying who have never been in the company of civilized human beings before. If they have, they sure act like they haven’t!
Now, I am just sitting here in a hotel room just outside
waiting for an 11:00 A.M. conference call to come through. After that, it’s lunch with a shop owner who will be attending the meeting I’ll keynote later on this evening, and then back to the hotel. Following that, it’s “Lather, Rinse, Repeat!” Philadelphia
The same thing tomorrow evening: An instant replay in a different community.
I know… I know… Quite whining! If you don’t like it: Don’t do it!
Great advice! But, there is a problem. While I can’t stand traveling for all the reasons identified above, I do love helping other shop owners. And, one of the most effective ways to help them is to be where they are: to be up close and personal. So, every so often I find myself sitting alone in a hotel room waiting: waiting to eat, waiting to be picked up, waiting to present, or just waiting to come home.
The only thing that makes any of it worthwhile is knowing there will be someone there this evening who really needs to hear what I have to say: who really wants to hear what anyone speaking directly to them has to say.
They need to know they are not alone and that’s why I do it, even if it means sitting here alone to get it done…